Is there a Red Cross Service Flag in Your Home?

Title Is there a Red Cross Service Flag in Your Home?
Creator Seiter & Kappes Litho Co.,
Date 1917
Format 40 x 60 in
Description This especially large and brightly colored poster for the Red Cross evokes sympathy for an old woman sitting alone by a widow in order to persuade audiences to “Join the Red Cross.” The viewer is placed outside looking into a gold-lit room through a window caked in snow and ice. On the left window pane hangs a Red Cross service flag, and in the right pane is a blue silhouette of an elderly woman, presumably the mother of a soldier overseas, with her head bowed. Members of the Red Cross received exclusive flags printed on thin paper to allow for easy viewing during day or night. The emotional image of the lonely woman is intensified by the accompanying text establishing guilt in those who have not given to the Red Cross by stating that “a heart and a dollar are all you need.”
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